Get Ready for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month (#CCAM). While we at Cervivor are educating and advocating 365 days a year, January presents us a unique opportunity to plug into the visibility of the month. Or frankly, to be proactive in giving the month visibility and ensuring that activities are happening in our communities! What are things you can do? Here are a few suggestions to kick off your planning for January:

  1. Host a cervical cancer survivor meet-up in your local area or speak with your local OB/GYN or cancer clinic about hosting a gynecologic cancer/cervical cancer support group.
  • Encourage New Year’s resolutions to keep up with annual women’s health exams, Pap testing and HPV testing. Encourage mom of teens and tweens to get their children the HPV vaccine. 
  • Schedule speaking opportunities by checking online for upcoming health fairs at local community centers or places of worship. Contact local women’s groups. Arrange to have a table to share information about cervical cancer prevention. 
  • Plan a fundraiser, awareness walk or “PAP Rally.” Start a treadmill challenge or steps counting challenge in January to encourage women to think about their health in 2020. 
  • Plan a Wear Teal & White Tuesday among your office or community to promote cervical cancer awareness and prevention. 
  • Spread the word on social media via your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or your blog. Re-tweet, like and share others’ posts throughout the month to amplify their messages too. Our friends at the American Sexual Health Association have some posters and pre-written social media posts that are easy to share. Coming soon: our own customized Cervivor #CCAM social media toolkit.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) is here!

January is CCAM and we couldn’t be more excited about having a whole month to bring awareness to our communities about this preventable cancer. It is estimated that about 13,240 new cases of invasive cervical cancers will be diagnosed in the United States, while 4,170 U.S. women will die from cervical cancer. While that number may seem low, for us at Cervivor, it is 4,170 TOO MANY.

Most importantly, we know the cause of cervical cancer – HPV. The human papillomavirus (HPV), is very common. There is a safe and effective vaccine to protect against this virus, that can be given to boys and girls before exposure. How exciting that we have a vaccine to protect against CANCER!!!

At Cervivor, we put the focus on our stories. We share our stories of HPV and cervical cancer in hopes that others will not have to face the devastation of this disease. Our organization provides support for those facing cervical cancer, as well as those who are learning to walk in survivorship. Many of us have felt the shame and stigma associated with our cancer. However, we find that together we are stronger. We find that sharing our stories not only helps us to heal but it also makes us powerful advocates. We find that sharing our stories makes us shame resilient.

How can you be involved?

CCAM is a unique opportunity for us to focus on prevention and awareness every day. Throughout the month, we will have regular CCAM posts on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. These posts are designed to educate those in our network and beyond. We will be sharing our Cervivor stories , videos, blogs, and graphics to show the world that cervical cancer doesn’t have to happen to them or someone they love.

We also have several live events scheduled throughout the U.S., in addition to a CCAM Tweetchat on January 16.


Click here to check for events in your area.

Our CCAM hashtags: #CCAM #CervicalCancer #EndCervicalCancer #Cervivor #WeAreCervivor

Will you commit to being part of our efforts during CCAM? With your help we can reach even more people and end cervical cancer.

Thanks for your support,
Team Cervivor